Weather reporting is rarely a festive affair.
But as far as inappropriate work attire is concerned, Los Angeles-based weekend meteorologist Liberté Chan certainly could have done a lot worse.
Sure, maybe a cocktail dress is a little avant-garde a choice to be discussing temperatures and wind directions, but, as she says, “the other dress didn’t work.”
Really, it didn’t.
So she instead opted for a sparkly, beaded, arm-exposing ensemble that quickly drew the ire of KTLA viewers who were worried that no one’s thinking of the children and urged the network put Chan under covers.
So that’s exactly what they did, with a network employee half on-camera, half in another century dangling a sweater and jigging it a few times in her direction as if to say, “time’s regressed a few decades!”
“You want me to put this on? Why? Because it’s cold,” asks Chan with playful ignorance.
To which another reporter at the news desk says, “Getting a lot of emails.”
Chan, who has almost 50,000 Facebook fans, later discussed the incident on her blog, in which she explains that her original dress didn’t work on-air because it was semi see-through, and that her co-anchor’s order to put on the sweater was a joke she wanted to play along with.
The emails, though, were all too real:
“I hope my viewers were able to plan their Saturday once they heard my forecast and enjoyed the sunny weather after the clouds cleared,” wrote Chan in her follow-up- blog post.
You can follow the conversation online with the hashtag #sweatergate.